My official Close of Service (COS) date is the 16th of September, 2011. As today is the 16th of September 2010, this marks the beginning of the end. I will not spend another 16th of September in South Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. This is it. It's the final countdown. Less than a year to go!
Also today, the latest class of volunteers is swearing in. I feel for them. Swearing-in was an absolutely terrifying day for me. The last thing I remember before being separated from all the other volunteers and being herded into the Northern Cape group was another volunteer turning me and saying, "I am so not ready for this." You never are. Still, I wish them all the best at their sites.